Joint sponsor for my wife to come to america requirements?

Asked about 1 year ago - Chicago, IL

Am a american citizen and unemployed currently so having joint sponsor to bring my wife okay.

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  1. Carl Michael Shusterman


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . The petitioners of family-sponsored immigrants must sign affidavits of support (I-864). This requirement also applies to the petitioner of an employment-based petition if the petition is submitted by a relative or by a company in which a relative holds a significant ownership interest.

    An affidavit of support permits government agencies to request reimbursement from the petitioner if the beneficiary receives means-test public benefits.

    The petitioner’s income must be no less than 125% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines based on household size. If not, he may include the income and assets of a qualifying household member who has signed form I-864A. The value of any asset is counted as 20% of income. If the petitioner is unable to meet the income requirements, a co-sponsor is required.

    Supporting documents for the affidavit of support should include certified income tax returns and W-2s and 1099s.

    The petitioner’s obligation to support the beneficiary terminates any of the following events occurs regarding the beneficiary: (1) He naturalizes; (2) He dies; (3) He leaves the U.S. permanently; or (4) He is credited with 40 quarters of work in the U.S. A divorce does not terminate the petitioner’s obligations under the affidavit of support.

    Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response... more
  2. Dhenu Mitesh Savla


    Contributor Level 17


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    Answered . Yes, it is okay to have a joint sponsor, but you will still be the primary sponsor. You should contact an immigration attorney as these are not simple forms, unfortunately, and your being unemployed may bring up the issue of your spouse becoming a public charge.

    Dhenu Savla, Esq.
    SwagatUSA, LLC

    This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship and is not meant to be relied upon as legal advice.
  3. Stephen D. Berman

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Yes, it's okay.

    The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an... more
  4. Gunda Johanna Brost


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . It sounds as if this is a must rather than just a choice given your situation right now.

    This advice does not form an attorney-client relationship and is merely informative. It should not by itself be... more
  5. Ili J. Subhan


    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . Yes. Although you are currently unemployed, you being the primary sponsor must submit an I-864 affidavit of support with your petition. You can have a co-sponsor and he or she must also submit a separate I-864 and meet the federal income poverty guideline requirements. Consult with an immigration attorney to assist you with the process.

    The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and should not substitute for the advice and... more

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